Today on Context Florida, Mother’s Day, climate change, Mexico and nursing homes

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Today on Context Florida:

For Mother’s Day, the temptation is to get sentimental and write about fond memories to erase painful ones.  But Andrew Skerritt has another instinct, prompting him to go into a different direction. He writes about a different type of mother, the ones who struggle not just to provide for their children, but to protect them so the sins of the past are not repeated.

Daniel Tilson writes on the 2014 National Climate Assessment Report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which concluded that Florida is suffering from increased flooding (especially in Miami), shoreline erosion and more. But with countless American political and media figures paid by Big Energy to perpetuate the illusion that climate change is “debatable,” only 40 percent of Americans in a recent poll find “climate change is a major threat.”

In looking for places to retire, former state Sen. John Grant looks south towards Mexico, but he has a few questions for the Mexican government first.

Florida Health Care Association Executive Director Emmett Reed marks Mother’s Day as the beginning of National Nursing Home Week, which honors the part of Florida’s 3.5 million residents age 65 and older who are residents and patients in nursing homes, as well as the caring individuals who help make their lives better.

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